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State Representative Tom Conroy to announce campaign for state treasurer Thursday

State Representative Tom Conroy, a four-term legislator with private-sector experience in finance and management consulting, plans to announce Thursday that he will run for state treasurer.

Conroy was among the Democrats who aimed to challenge former US Senator Scott Brown’s reelection effort two years ago. However, he ended his primary campaign after Elizabeth Warren’s entry into the race seized much of the party’s attention and finances. Warren defasted Brown, a Republican, in the 2012 election.

Conroy, 51, of Wayland, pitches himself as a progressive Democrat who aims to maximize government’s ability to help people by making smarter financial decisions. He takes credit for authoring legislation that changed pension rules to limit abuses and that improved the state’s credit rating by better investing one-time settlements and tax revenue.

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A graduate of Yale, he also boasts a master’s degree in international economics, an MBA, and extensive experience in the financial services industry.

“It’s the right role, this is the right time, I think I’m the right candidate,” said Conroy.

Elected in 2006 by defeating an incumbent Republican, Conroy represents the towns of Lincoln, Sudbury and Wayland in the state House of Representatives. But his resume is unusually global; he once worked in Cambodia helping war widows and displaced people and he established a refugee interviewing center for the Clinton administration in Haiti.

Conroy, who chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, is leading the House effort to boost the minimum wage in Massachusetts.

He is a father of four daughters – triplets who are seniors in high school and a 12-year-old – and his wife, Sarah Sewall, is a national security expert who teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Sewall has been nominated by President Obama to be underecretary of State for civilian security, democracy, and human rights at the State Department.

Conroy is the second Democrat to enter the race for treasurer. Deborah Goldberg, an unsuccessful 2006 candidate for lieutenant governor, has launched a campaign. Chris Keohan, a political consultant with her campaign, said the campaign she launched just before Thanksgiving has about $118,000 on hand.

Andover state Senator Barry R. Finegold has been exploring a candidacy and raising money in the expectation of a campaign, said his political consultant Dan Cence, who said Finegold has $430,000 on hand.

All are Democrats.

The Massachusetts Republican Party expects to have a candidate for treasurer, but the person will not announce until later this month, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach. She would not reveal the candidate.

A member of the Green-Rainbow party, Ian T. Jackson of Arlington has also filed to run for treasurer.

The current treasurer, Steve Grossman, is not running for reelection, instead campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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